Saturday, January 21, 2012

Raindrops on my Moon Roof

The practice of finding things to give thanks to God for is called eucharisteo according to Ann Voskamp in her book called 1000 Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.

Ann is a wonderful writer, mother of 6, with a distinct and poetic voice. She weaves her own personal stories in and out of her search for living fully an everyday life.

The challenge she undertook as part of this process was to write down 1,000 gifts and to thank God for them as a way to change perspective from what she didn't have to what she did.

In the Old Testament book of Genesis, Eve, poor girl, focused on what she didn't have rather than the abundance around her. It's just this sort of thing that the practice of giving thanks is designed to help us combat.

It sounds really simple but sometimes it's the simple things that are the most transformative of our lives.

My own gift list is up to 126. And I've decided to embark on a 1,000 gifts photo project culminating in a book. This photograph of Raindrops on my Moon Roof is gift photo #1.

Is there anything that you feel is a gift today?


S. Etole said...

The snow that is softly falling today is all gift.

Jennifer said...

S. that sounds so wonderfully quiet. Thanks for commenting!

Anonymous said...

Jenn, this is really beautiful! Thanks for sharing the idea of finding God's gift in our everyday life! There are a lot we can give thanks for, like a friend like you. :-)


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sending. I love the original idea and really love your photographic spin on the same concept.
Michelle L.

Jennifer said...

Pam, thank you so much! You've been such a good friend too. I'm definitely thankful for you!

Jennifer said...

Hi Michelle, thanks for reading! Great to hear from you and hope all is very well.